The Huntington Town Board, at a special meeting held March 12, approved the necessary rezoning to allow the development of The Residences at Oheka, a project that proposes construction of up to 190 luxury residential condominiums while preserving approximately 150 acres from future development.
Under the proposal, development rights from the golf course at the Cold Spring Hills Country Club in West Hills and undeveloped land would be transferred to an 18.37-acre parcel between the golf course clubhouse and Oheka Castle. The applicant, Cold Spring Hills Development LLC projects that the residences will sell for from $1 million for a one-bedroom to almost $2.5 million for a four-bedroom unit and that the project would produce a tax surplus of $2.75 million for the South Huntington School District. At a Dec. 13 public hearing, area residents expressed support for the proposal.
The Town Board vote was unanimous.
In other action this week, the Town Board:
-- sitting as the board of the Town of Huntington Local Development Corp., passed an official intent resolution to issue revenue bonds on behalf of Developmental Disabilities Institute, Inc. (DDI) in an amount not to exceed $20 million. The bond revenues will be used by DDI to refinance existing debt and for the construction, renovation and equipping of facilities in both Huntington and Smithtown. DDI will be responsible for repayment.
-- approved taking “appropriate action” – including imposing registration fees of $2,500 for residential properties and $5,000 for commercial properties – against 14 properties designated as blighted after a February 6 public hearing. The Town Board also scheduled an April 17 public hearing to declare six additional properties as blighted.
-- authorized the purchase of the 12.4-acre Carpenter Farm on Old Field Road in Huntington for use as passive parkland and to provide a small parking area to access trails. The purchase price is expected to be $2.7 million, split between the Town and Suffolk County. The proposal garnered considerable public support at a June 2011 public hearing.
-- authorized the purchase of the 8.1-acre former Meyers Farm in Melville for a price not to exceed $1.325 million. As recommended by the Town’s EOSPA Committee, the Town envisions developing three acres for active recreational use and holding five acres as passive parkland.
-- scheduled an April 17 public hearing on awarding the license for bus shelter advertising to Sunrise Outdoor Advertising. The award followed an evaluation of the responses to a request for proposals. This would be a renewal of Sunrise’s license. Sunrise is guaranteeing the Town will receive minimum of $493,739 over the five-year term of the license.
-- approved renewing the agreement with Long Island Growers Markets use part of the Elm Street municipal parking lot for a farmers’ market that will operate on Sunday mornings from May 27 to November 18. The license fee was doubled, to $1,000.
-- approved agreements with four artists for their works to be displayed at selected Town parks on a temporary basis. Three of the works are to be displayed in Heckscher Park and the fourth at Billy Joel Park.
-- approved the design proposal for a four-element sculptural work entitled “Generations” by Madeline Wiener to be fabricated and installed in the planned Huntington Station Plaza at New York Avenue and Olive Street. Of the total project cost of $65,000, HUD and Suffolk County Downtown Revitalization grants will cover $43,000. The balance will come from the Town’s Public Art Initiative fund.
-- appropriated $1,000 from the EOSPA Fund to construct an osprey nesting platform at Hobart Beach. The osprey had nested on the superstructure of the fishing/lobster boat Wolf Larson, which was moored adjacent to Hobart Beach; last fall, the boat’s owners moved it.
-- established a $30 fee for a night fishing parking permit at Town beaches where fishing is allowed at designated spots.